Archive for January, 2012

Week #4 – Free Offline Genealogy Tools

For which free offline genealogy tool are you most grateful? How did you find this tool and how has it benefited your genealogy? Describe to others how to access this tool and spread the genealogy love.

This challenge runs from Sunday, January 22, 2012 through Saturday, January 28, 2012.

I’m arguing that Inter-Library Loan (ILL) is my favorite offline genealogy tool. ILL assists me in nailing information on my ancestors, especially in books. Through ILL, I’m finding that I’m related to patriots of the U.S. Revolutionary War and various other conscientious objectors 🙂 .


Week #3 – Free Online Genealogy Tools

Week #3 – Free Online Genealogy Tools Week 3 – Free Online Genealogy Tools: Free online genealogy tools are like gifts from above. Which one are you most thankful for? How has it helped your family history experience? This challenge runs from Sunday, January 15, 2012 through Saturday, January 21, 2012. *** 52 Weeks of Abundant […]

My favorites are:

  • Ancestry – This is the corner of cyberspace where I maintain my family tree.
  • Ancestry Library Edition – While hanging out at the library, I can locate census, military, resident, and Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) records.
  • HeritageQuest – Another county resource which allows me to view census records and mention of ancestors in books.
  • Find A Grave – I can locate the cemeteries where my ancestors are buried. Sometimes, I can even glimpse the final resting places of some relatives.

Week #2 – Paid Online Genealogy Tools

Week 2 – Paid Online Genealogy Tools: Which paid genealogy tool do you appreciate the most? What special features put it at the top of your list? How can it help others with their genealogy research?

This challenge runs from Sunday, January 8, 2012 through Saturday, January 14, 2012.

I’m proud to say I’ve managed to avoid using paid online genealogy tools. Yes, I’ve utilized Ancestry Library Edition and DAR Genealogical Research Databases  without paying a dime. Additionally, I’ve been able to use HeritageQuest to locate folks in books and I’ve ordered this stuff through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) without paying.

However, I have made numerous copies on a Copy Machine. 🙂

Week #1 – Blogs

Week 1 – Blogs: Blogging is a great way for genealogists to share information with family members, potential cousins and each other. For which blog are you most thankful? Is it one of the earliest blogs you read, or a current one? What is special about the blog and why should others read it?

This challenge runs from Sunday, January 1, 2012 through Saturday, January 7, 2012.


52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

When I began delving into the Twittersphere, I discovered the worldwide community of blogging, tweeting genealogist. While I follow more than I tweet these days, the first genealogist I recall following is Shauna Hicks of Melbourne, Australia. The trail of @hicksshauna led to her site Shauna Hicks History Enterprises. Her My Families page inspired some of my own pages.

Calling all Tweeters: check out my list – Genealogy – for a roll of fantastic tweeting genealogists.

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy

Yes, after my misfire in 2011, I’m attempting 52 Weeks of Genealogy in 2012.